Facilities apart, what is going to actually curiosity gearheads is the plethora of engine selections for VW’s off-roader. Certain, there was the standard V6, V8, and a few small diesels accessible. The place issues actually obtained carried away was when the model made a restricted manufacturing run with a gasoline-powered 6.0 liter W12 — primarily a pair of siamese’d V6 engines — that produced 444 horsepower, propelling the Touareg from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
Sadly, the W12-equipped Touareg was by no means bought in the USA, however People obtained a heck of a comfort prize within the type of a 5.0 liter diesel-powered V10 with Volkswagen’s Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) expertise. Maybe higher fitted to the American market, and its penchant for hauling issues like boats and journey trailers, the twin-turbo V10 TDI cranked out a decent 309 horsepower. Nonetheless, the place the engine actually shined was within the torque division, providing 553 pound-feet of low-end grunt.
The stump-pulling V10 TDI was briefly accessible for the 2004 mannequin 12 months, however was shortly withdrawn for non-compliance with U.S. emissions laws. A extra pollutant-friendly model of the mighty diesel returned for the 2006 mannequin 12 months — coinciding with a mid-cycle styling refresh — and remained available on the market till the conclusion of the 2008 mannequin 12 months.